” Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.”
Scripture defies the darkness and it’s pages exude references to the radiance of Christ, the Light of the World. John 8:12, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”
During the Festival of Shelters, sixteen golden bowls were filled with oil and lit. Jesus stood beneath them in the inner courts of the temple, in a section known as the Treasury, John 8:20 and said that He was now the source of the Light.
The Light of Jesus brings salvation, not just to Israel, but to us, the world, regardless of who we are, race or location. As Christ Ones abiding in His words, in obedience to His perspective and guidance we will not only walk in His beautiful light, we ‘become’ as light reflecting the radiance of Christ in our character. Phil 2:14,15.
Let’s be honest and ask ourselves a point-blank question. Is our light shining? Is it radiantly obvious in our actions? In our behaviours? In our countenance? Is it shining forth to light up the dark corners for others or do the batteries weaken somewhat as life happens and takes us with it? Yeah, maybe we need to recharge before the God of our salvation and the Christ who stood under the sixteen golden bowls of oil lighting the temple and point-blank stated in John 8:12, “I am the light of the world. If you follow Me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” NLT Study Bible.
Philippians 2:14, “Do everything without complaining and arguing. So that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives, as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people.”
“For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our king; it is he who will save us.”
The Lord’s rule is a part of His divine order and as Creator of all things His rule is just and righteous. He is the Ancient of Days and has served as law giver and judge from the beginning of time. He will continue to maintain His sovereign position until the end of time.
The God who oversees our actions, behaviors and motives in the beginning, sees them at the end. It’s frustrating and possibly frightening when medical reports get lost in the shuffle of transient doctors and a personal, medical history disappears into the archives only to leave a new doctor without the whole story of our health. God isn’t transient. He doesn’t move, or change. He doesn’t lose our information and our history doesn’t get lost in the shuffle. He knows us well! He knows the end from the beginning and will judge us accordingly! Our King, our Messiah our Ancient of Days will reign and will usher in a just world. He is our saving grace, our protection and our salvation. His Spirit will change a heart and one day will transform the world into a place of righteousness, justice and peace.
I think this is so important to grasp a hold of in light of our forgiveness, and /or our desire to retaliate and get even with sweet revenge. We so often think that we sit alone in our hurts and unfair dealings. As God knows our hearts, motives, and actions, we can be assured that He also knows the heart motives and actions of those who have offended, betrayed, spread rumors or lied about us. He doesn’t loose track of who does what, and why they do it? God is just and righteous. He will grant mercy and justice when and where it’s needed, as well as judge the unforgiving spirit of ourselves or another. This knowledge of the just God should take a burden off our shoulders. Our offender/s will not get off free under our Sovereign God’s rule. Then again, nor will we if we are to blame but live in denial.
“But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ,”
We must take into consideration the whole of chapter 3, then the word citizenship will fall into proper context regardless of the translation. In Chapter 3:20 our citizenship as a Christ one, is spoken of as “conversation” in the King James Version translation. The Greek word used in the KJV is of a very extensive meaning: our citizenship, our thoughts and our affections.
Just as traits of our nationality show in our dialect, dress, accent, traditions and foods, Christians then, heading for glory must live and conduct themselves as citizens of a glorious heaven. In Verse 14 Paul says, “I press onward towards the goal to win the prize for which God has called us heavenward in Christ Jesus.” So many believers live like they have no goal, no direction, and no concept of inheriting a heavenly citizenship. We get caught in the subtle ways of the world in our speech and behavior because that’s where our minds dwell.
Friends, it’s time to set our minds on the things of God and stand on the excellence of Christ’s example in our life presentation, as we await His glorious return. He is worthy of our very best and in honor of our Him, who is our Savior and our King, let’s honor Him and glorify Him, in our actions and behavior as we await His glorious kingdom!